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It's very easy to edit a Wiki page. Simply click on the "Edit text of this Page" link at the top or bottom of a Wiki page. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the text of that Wiki page.

Then type away, and press "Save" when finished! (You can also preview your changes before saving if you like.)

That's all you need to know to start editing pages and contributing to kayakwiki. However there are some more tricks e.g. how to do bold and italic text effects. In the left column of the table below, you can see what effects are possible. In the right column, you can see how those effects were achieved. In other words, to make text look like it looks in the left column, type it in the format you see in the right column.

You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference (press Ctrl N). If you want to try out editing a page without danger of doing any harm, go to the RollingPool.

Sections, Paragraphs, Lists and Lines

Start your sections with header lines:

New Section

Subsection



=== New Section ===

==== Subsection ====
A single newline has no effect.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

A single newline
has no effect.

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.
You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Lists are good:
    • they organize material
    • they look clean
* Lists are good:
** they organize material
** they look clean
  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. Very organized
    2. easy to follow
# Numbered lists are also good
## Very organized
## easy to follow
Definition lists
lists with definitions
item to be defined
the item's definition
; Definition lists : lists with definitions
; item to be defined : the item's definition
For mixing list types, you need to use HTML:
  • A numbered list:
    1. First item
    2. Second item
  • more bullets

<ul>
<li>A numbered list:
<ol>
<li>First item
<li>Second item
</ol>
<li>more bullets
</ul>
Lines can be
indented
several levels
:Lines can be
::indented
:::several levels
 IF (a line starts with whitespace) THEN
   it will be formatted exactly as typed;
   in a technical looking font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
 this is useful for:
   • pasting preformatted text;
   • algorithm descriptions;
   • ascii art;
 IF (a line starts with whitespace) THEN
   it will be formatted exactly as typed;
   in a technical looking font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
 this is useful for:
   &bull; pasting preformatted text;
   &bull; algorithm descriptions;
   &bull; ascii art;
Text can be centered.
<center>Text can be centered.</center>
A horizontal dividing line: above
and below.
A horizontal dividing line: above
----
and below.

Links, URLs, Images

Link to Kayak Surfing.
(First letter of target is automatically capitalized.
Spaces are converted into underscores.
To create a new page: start with a link to it, then click on ?.
Check out the naming conventions.)
Link to [[Kayak Surfing]].
Same target, different name: Surfing with kayaks.
Targets can only contain letters and spaces!
Same target, different name: [[Kayak Surfing|Surfing with kayaks]]
[Kayaking and Train Spotting]? is a page that doesn't exist yet.
You can start it by clicking on the question mark.
After creating a page, search for its title and make
sure that everyone correctly links to it.
[[Kayaking and Train Spotting]] is a page that doesn't
exist yet.
Mixed case is automatic link: RecentChanges.
Sometimes, you don't want that: McDonald.
RecentChanges
<nowiki>McDonald</nowiki>.
Link to this page's discussion: /Talk
Other /Subpages work the same way.
Link to this page's discussion: /Talk
Link to another page's subpage: Drybag/How To Build Your Own
Link to another page's subpage: [[Drybag/How To Build Your Own]]
Redirect one article title to another
by putting text like this in its first line.
#REDIRECT [[Whitewater]]
External link: [Kayaking Events]
External link: [http://playak.com/calendar.php Kayaking Events]
Or just give the URL: http://playak.com/calendar.php.
(Good idea since it makes a printout more useful.)
Or just give the URL: http://playak.com/calendar.php.
An image:

(links to an image file on another web server. See How to add an image)

An image:

http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/canoe/trips/images/james_triple_step.jpg
A ISBN number: ISBN 007057989X (amazon.com, search)
The ISBN number of a book.
A ISBN number: ISBN: 007057989X

Linking in from the KayakForum

Note that you can also create links into KayakWiki from the KayakForum using similar square brackets. If you write [[Kayak_Surfing]] the result will be:

 [KayakWiki]

Since this does not make it clear what the link word is you can put a colon after the square brackets and repeat the word: [[Kayak_Surfing]]:Kayak Surfing so you get:

 [KayakWiki]:Kayak Surfing

Character formatting

Emphasize, strongly, very strongly.
Use also in formulas: F = m a.
''Emphasize'', '''strongly''', '''''very strongly'''''.
  '''F''' = ''m'' '''a'''.
Funny fonts
But == ... == is better for separating sections.
<font size=+2 color=red>Funny fonts</font>
A typewriter font for technical terms.
<tt>technical terms</tt>
You can strike out stuff
and insert new stuff. Useful for editing.
You can <strike>strike out</strike> stuff
and <u>insert new stuff</u>
Umlauts and accents: (See [Wiki special characters]?)
À Á Â Ã Ä Å Æ
Ç È É Ê Ë Ì Í
Î Ï Ñ Ò Ó Ô Õ
Ö Ø Ù Ú Û Ü ß
à á â ã ä å æ
ç è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô õ
ö ø ù ú û ü ÿ


&Agrave; &Aacute; &Acirc; &Atilde; &Auml; &Aring; &AElig;
&Ccedil; &Egrave; &Eacute; &Ecirc; &Euml; &Igrave; &Iacute;
&Icirc; &Iuml; &Ntilde; &Ograve; &Oacute; &Ocirc; &Otilde;
&Ouml; &Oslash; &Ugrave; &Uacute; &Ucirc; &Uuml; &szlig;
&agrave; &aacute; &acirc; &atilde; &auml; &aring; &aelig;
&ccedil; &egrave; &eacute; &ecirc; &euml; &igrave; &iacute;
&icirc; &iuml; &ntilde; &ograve; &oacute; &ocirc; &otilde;
&ouml; &oslash; &ugrave; &uacute; &ucirc; &uuml; &yuml;
Punctuation: ¿ ¡ « » § ¶
† ‡ •
&iquest; &iexcl; &laquo; &raquo; &sect; &para;
&dagger; &Dagger; &bull;
Evil stuff: ™ © ® ¢ € ¥ £ ¤
&trade; &copy; &reg; &cent; &euro; &yen; &pound; &curren;
Subscript: x2 Superscript: x2
Subscript: x<sub>2</sub> Superscript: x<sup>2</sup>
Greek characters: α β γ δ ε ζ η
θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ
π ρ σ ς τ υ φ
χ ψ ω
Γ Δ Θ Λ Ξ Π Σ
Φ Ψ Ω
&alpha; &beta; &gamma; &delta; &epsilon; &zeta; &eta;
&theta; &iota; &kappa; &lambda; &mu;
&nu; &xi; 
&pi; &rho;  &sigma; &sigmaf; &tau; &upsilon; &phi;
&chi; &psi; &omega;
&Gamma; &Delta; &Theta; &Lambda; &Xi; &Pi; &Sigma; 
&Phi; &Psi; &Omega;
Math characters: (See [Wiki special characters]?)
∫ ∑ ∏ √ ± ∞
≈ ∝ ≡ ≠ ≤ ≥ →
× · ÷ ∂ ′ ″ ∇
‰ ° ∴ ℵ
ø ∈ ∋ ∩ ∪ ⊂ ⊃ ⊆ ⊇
¬ ∧ ∨ ∃ ∀ ⇒ ⇔

&int; &sum; &prod; &radic; &plusmn; &infin;
&asymp; &prop; &equiv; &ne; &le; &ge; &rarr;
&times; &middot; &divide; &part; &prime; &Prime; &nabla;
&permil; &deg; &there4; &alefsym;
&oslash; &isin; &ni; &cap; &cup; &sub; &sup; &sube; &supe;
&not; &and; &or; &exist; &forall; &rArr; &hArr;
More space than usual, no line break: x2   ≥   0 is true.
This is useful in formulas.
x<sup>2</sup>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&ge;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;0

Ascii art integrals (start every line with a blank):
  ∞  -x2
  ∫ e   dx = √π
 -∞
The square root sucks though.
  &infin;  -x<sup>2</sup>
  &int; e   dx = &radic;&pi;
 -&infin;

Tables

An example table
First header Second header Third header
upper left upper middle right side
lower left lower middle
Good and bad blanks:  
bottom row

<table border=1>
<caption>An example table</caption>
<tr>
<th>First header</th>
<th>Second header</th>
<th>Third header</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>upper left</td>
<td>upper middle</td>
<td rowspan=2>right side</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>lower left</td>
<td>lower middle</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Good and bad blanks:</td>
<td>&nbsp;</td>
<td></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan=3 align=center>bottom row</td>
</tr>
</table>

If your table doesn't look right, make sure that all <tr> and <td> tags are closed with corresponding </tr> and </td> tags. It's best to start all lines belonging to a table in the first column as in the example above, or else you will get spurious space above the table.

If you have an empty cell in your table, use <td>&nbsp;</td>. This non-breaking space will avoid the problem of the cell's borders looking funny.

Discuss and ask questions about the ways of editing kayakwiki here: /talk


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